Photos of WWII Women Marines

Three Marine Corps women reservists at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

On July 30, 1942, the Marine Corps Womens Reserve was established as part of the Marine Corps Reserve. The mission of the Marine Corps Womens Reserve was to provide qualified women for duty at shore establishments of the Marine Corps, releasing men for combat duty. Women Marines were assigned to over 200 different jobs, among them radio operator, photographer, parachute rigger, driver, aerial gunnery instructor, cook, baker, quartermaster, control tower operator, motion picture operator, auto mechanic, telegraph operator, cryptographer, laundry operator, post exchange (store) manager, stenographer and agriculturist.


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Three Marine Corps women reservists

Three Marine Corps women reservists, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 10/16/1943.

Marine Sargeant Grace L. Wyman practices aerial photography

Marine Sargeant Grace L. Wyman practices aerial photography at the United States Marine Corps Air Stateion at Cherry Point in North Carolina. Aerial photography is one of the many important jobs taken over by women Marines to free men for combat duty.

New lieutenants pin on their bars

Shortly after being commissioned at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, the new Lieutenants pin on their bars, 1943.

Marines soon to be lieutenants, try on their bars

Marines soon to be lieutenants, try on their bars.

Women marines picking up trash during basic training

Women marines picking up trash during basic training, Camp Lejeune, 1945.

1st Sergeant's School

1st Sergeant's School, Philadelphia, PA, 1944.

Marines of the Women's Reserve working on tail repair

Marines of the Women's Reserve working on tail repair at Norman, Oklahoma, 1943.

Women marines at Cherry Point

Women marines at Cherry Point, 1945.